A new season is soon beginning and it may be fun to look at the stories of these new racers to see if we can determine their chances. Who will make it to the end? We’ve had some success in the past in identifying the final 4 participants and that will be our goal again this time. We operate source spoiler-free so this thread will be mainly limited to what is shown during the regular episodes. Since editing can give different impressions to different people, all points of views are welcomed. Some interviews and website clips are also welcomed if they give us a different light on events.
The first things to note is that we have no duos of young men. To get to know these teams, let’s look at how they are presented. It could help us to see if their edit is consistent and see what their story could be.
Team #1: Kynt and Vyksin: The Goth Couple.
This thirty-something couple is described as entertainers. She says she is very emotional while he is more reserved. He calls himself sarcastic. Neither indicate much travel experience.
Forecast: You’ve Goth to be kidding me.
Team #2: Jennifer and Nathan: Dating.
This athletic couple has experienced several break ups during their 2 years of dating and they can drive each other crazy. He’s organized and she’s not. Neither lists any traveling experience or knowledge of foreign languages.
Forecast: The dysfunctional couple has often made it far, but these two?
Team #3: Ronald and Christina: Father/Daughter.
They are Asian. He is 58 and she’s 28. Both seem fit. They want to make up for lost time which could be a distraction. He has traveled extensively and both have worked abroad, she worked for the State department. There’s no sign of conflicts to fix.
Forecast: Parent/Child teams have rarely done well but this team may change that. They could be fan favorites.
Team #4: Shana and Jennifer: Friends
They are fit and they describe themselves as intellectuals and competitive. They have done a lot of traveling.
Forecast: They seem more out to prove something but I’ll have to wait and see.
Team #5: Azaria and Hendekea: Brother and Sister
They are both engineers and look athletic. She describes him as confrontational and emotional while he describes her as irrational.
Forecast: This team seems to have what it takes to go far.
Team #6: Lorena and Jason: Dating
Another couple in their late twenties, early thirties. They say they are well traveled and athletic. He does rock climbing and that could help. What may hurt is that they say they are trying to figure out if they really belong together. She admits she is jealous and stresses out over everything.
Forecast: Another dysfunctional couple. One of them is probably going to make it far. Is it this one?
Team #7: Nicolas and Donald: Grandson and Grandfather.
The grandson is a pilot who says he is good with maps and computers. The Grandfather says he can be bossy.
Forecast: This team doesn’t seem to have the athetism or the attitude required to win.
Team #8: Ari and Staella
This early 20s couple look fit but they don’t mention any travel experience. He says he can be rude and will trash talk while she says she’s a flirt. They describe themselves as fun loving.
Forecast: There seems to be a dichotomy in this pair. Will they be portrayed as villains or as entertainers? As villains, they could go far if it affects the others’ game. As entertainers, they could go far if it doesn’t affect their own game. Too much of both sides too early would indicate they’re only characters who leave early.
Team #9: Marianna and Julia: Sisters
Both in their mid-twenties, they say they are competitive and have traveled a lot. They want to race like BJ and Tyler did so at least we know they have an idea of what to expect. Marianna says that Julia is emotional while she is as steady as a rock. They plan on flirting if it can help.
Forecast: They look more like serious racers than the other all-female teams but not complementing each other may be a problem.
Team #10: Rachel and TK: Dating for almost a year.
This fun-loving couple is always laughing and is eager to see if their relationship can stand up to the rigors of the Race. He’s a good swimmer but she doesn’t look very strong. Neither mention travel experience.
Forecast: This could be a team that stays a few weeks without a story and leave without a sound.
Team #11: Kate and Pat: Married Ministers.
One of these married women is 49 the other 65. They say they are well traveled. Fitness will be an issue.
Forecast: They could surprise us like the bowling moms but I doubt they last very far.